About Us

Judith Beermann, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Judith is publisher and editor-in-chief of The Georgetown Dish. Since its 2009 launch, Judith has directed marketing and business development for the publication in addition to reporting. After a government career at The Department of Housing and Urban Development, Judith returned to her love of the arts full-time. As associate publisher for The West End Guide, a local … [read more]

Beth Solomon, Founder

Beth is founder of The Georgetown Dish. With journalism in her blood – her aunt was Nina Hyde, fashion editor of The Washington Post – Beth started as a freelance radio reporter for the Voice of America in East Africa, covering civil wars in Sudan and famine in Ethiopia. She worked for ABC News in Berlin, and then as a speechwriter for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Beth founded … [read more]

John Divney, Chief Software Engineer

John is founder and CEO of divbox llc, a leader in web technology development, with over 15 years of experience in the web development industry. John's expertise spans business and technical management in internet product development and web analytics. He worked at America Online for 13 years, working his way up to Technical Director of AOL's Registration Team. Leading a … [read more]

Robb Hoffheins, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

Robb is co-founder of The Georgetown Dish and leads product development for the site including all technology development. Robb is also founder and Chief Trailblazer (i.e., expert online marketer) at his online marketing consulting firm, Third Path Media. Prior to Third Path Media, Robb was the Director of Online at Envision EMI, a company the New York Times called a … [read more]

Janet Staihar, Editor-at-Large

Janet “Jan” Staihar is a writer, communications strategist, and sometimes photographer. Her DC-based company is Staihar & Associates LLC. She is a native of Oregon where she attended the U of O, and is a journalism graduate of the University of Iowa. She wrote and edited for the Associated Press in Newark, Baltimore, Atlantic City and Washington DC. She covered … [read more]

Simon Jacobsen, Architectural Correspondent

Simon Jacobsen was born and raised in Georgetown and has never left. He is the Managing Design Partner of the Georgetown architectural firm Jacobsen Architecture, LLC and practices internationally with his father Hugh Newell Jacobsen. Simon Jacobsen is an award winning designer and a member of Architectural Digest's AD100, the alpha list of the best architects and … [read more]

Katherine Tallmadge, "Living Lite" Columnist

Katherine Tallmadge, president of Personalized Nutrition and author of "Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations," is internationally recognized and respected in the nutrition and weight loss field. She is a popular nutrition and weight loss counselor, speaker and author here in Georgetown. Media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and … [read more]

Peter Rosenstein, "Community Palette" Columnist

For the past 25 years Peter Rosenstein has served in the non-profit field as CEO of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Physician Assistant Programs, Accountants for the Public Interest and the National Association for Gifted Children. In September 2005 Mr. Rosenstein joined the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists as their Executive Director. Mr. … [read more]

Kimberly Casey, "Location Location Location" Columnist

Kimberly Casey is an Associate Broker in the Georgetown office of Washington Fine Properties, the premier real estate firm in the DC Region. She and her partner, Daryl Judy, are top producers in the area and they pride themselves on empowering their clients to make smart financial decisions. Additionally, Kimberly is on the Board of Visitors for the Children's National … [read more]

Page Evans, Author of "Page's Turn"

Page Evans lives in Georgetown with her two daughters and Angus, their black Lab. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian and various other publications. Her essay on motherhood, “Sharks and Jets,” is in “Mommy Wars,” (Random House, 2006). She also has a piece in “2 To Do Before I Die,” (Little Brown, 2005). She is currently working on a book of … [read more]

David H. Rothman, "Rothman At-Large" Columnist

David Rothman's most recent book is The Solomon Scandals (Twilight Times Books), a gritty mix of suspense, satire and tragedy set in the Washington of several decades ago. An ancestor was a Jewish tax collector under the Tsar, and bureaucracy and hierarchy fascinate David today. He is now at work on his second novel. He founded TeleRead, one of the Web's leading sources … [read more]

The Georgetown Current, Contributor

The Georgetown Current publishes weekly on Wednesdays. It is part of The Current Newspapers group, whose combined circulation of more than 52,000 attests to the continued popularity of its mix of local news, human interest and community-based reporting. … [read more]

Ada Polla, "King Cake" Columnist

In 2004, daughter and co-creator of Alchimie Forever, Ada Polla set out to launch her family’s Swiss based skincare line in the US. Today, the brand boasts global visibility and distribution, thanks to her focus and determination, which have yielded double-digit annual growth and garnered her several press-worthy opportunities to communicate her family’s knowledge and … [read more]

Barbara Morana, "Made in Sicily" Correspondent

Barbara is an art historian, a graduate of the Paris Sorbonne University. Born in Italy she has lived 20 years in France, United States, and Chile as an art curator, critic, and restoration expert. She has advised international organizations on culture, communications, and web design. Returning to Sicily four years ago, Barbara lives with her two daughters where she … [read more]

Janice Ockershausen, "Best Bark" Columnist

Janice Ockershausen is a media professional whose career at AM630 WMAL Radio spanned more than three decades as a successful producer and advertising sales executive. After leaving WMAL in 2009, she opened a boutique media and marketing company called Best Bark Media which provides consultation of all media applications from social marketing to TV, cable , print and, of … [read more]

Oliver Devine, "Visual Currency" Photojournalist

Oliver Devine is an award-winning photographer who has also spent over 17 years leading sales and marketing teams for large-scale projects and corporations. As a founder of Devine Visual Branding, he has combined his photographic vision with his sales acumen to offer unique consulting services, which draw from his client’s strengths and goals to customize a creative … [read more]

Janet Donovan, Author of "Hollywood on the Potomac"

Janet Donovan is President, Creative Enterprises International, a Washington-based publicity firm. She has lived in France, Spain and Italy and is conversant in the three languages. Her column, Hollywood on the Potomac, appears in Washington Life Magazine and can also be found at HollywoodonthePotomac.com. She plans to re-launch her radio show The Beltway Broads in the … [read more]

Dr. Tina Alster, "Dr. T's Rx"

Dr. Tina Alster is the founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and is a clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. She received her B.S. and M.D. degrees with highest honors from Duke University and post-graduate training at Yale University. Widely regarded as the “Queen of Laser” because of her … [read more]

Constance Chatfield-Taylor, Correspondent

As founder and president of Flying Colors Broadcasts based in Georgetown, Constance Chatfield-Taylor assists clients in the design, development, integration and ongoing management of communications networks. Her company has provided live broadcast coordination to the White House, Senate and House Committees, USIA and VOA for both democratic and republican administrations … [read more]

Don R. Alloway, "Rambling Ruminations" Columnist

Don R. Alloway is a Bethesda-based freelance writer. He has worked as a journalist and his career includes experience in politics, government and the private sector. Alloway’s latest book, Bad Water, is a collection of stories based on his lifelong passion for fly fishing. Bad Water is available www.amazon.com. … [read more]

Leslie Kamrad, Photographer and Reviewer

Leslie Kamrad is an attorney at the National Trust for Historic Preservation when she is not using her artistic talents in Georgetown as a photographer. As an active member of the Citizens Association for Georgetown on its Historic Preservation Committee, she loves architectural photography and the study of history and culture, and is a member of the DC Historic Districts … [read more]

Gwendolyn van Paasschen, Correspondent

After a career as a Senate staffer on Capitol Hill, Gwendolyn van Paasschen left politics in 1990 to study garden design. She began her education at the George Washington University School of Professional Studies, working as a volunteer at Tudor Place in Georgetown, designing a roof garden in downtown Washington DC, and working on other small projects. She completed her … [read more]

Gregoire Poirier, "Through the Grapevine" Columnist

Gregoire M. Poirier is founder of The American Grand Cru Society and a credentialed Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers since 1995. He has a Master of Business Administration degree from Bordeaux L’Ecole de Management. An entrepreneur by nature, he has a global background in technology, wine, and hospitality and likes to remind us that in D.C. we lead the nation … [read more]

Frida Burling, Author of "Frida's Fifty Years in Georgetown"

“Frida is the sexiest 93-year-old I’ve ever seen,” said a guest at the Georgetown House Tour Patrons’ Party. “No one ever says no to Frida. She’s flirtatious and charming even while she’s twisting your arm,” he added, speaking of her ability to persuade hesitant Georgetowners to open their cherished homes for the hundreds of strangers who troop through on the annual tour. … [read more]

Leslie Maysak, Contributor

Leslie Maysak is a local writer and longtime Georgetown resident. A Boston native, Leslie moved to Washington in 1999 and has been an active member of various community organizations and initiatives including Share Our Strength, The Citizens Association of Georgetown and Friends of Volta Park as well as a board member and committee member of several non-profit … [read more]

The Georgetown Metropolitan, Contributing Blog

The Georgetown Metropolitan is an online news source for Georgetown. It covers all the significant developments that affect the neighborhood, with topics ranging from transportation, real estate, and retail to zoning, education, and many others. Named after the Metropolitan newspaper, which was printed in Georgetown during the 1820s, the modern day Georgetown Metropolitan … [read more]

Dakota Ross-Cabrera, Editorial & Marketing Consultant

Dakota Ross-Cabrera, a native Washingtonian, is studying at Columbia University Columbia College with plans to pursue a career in journalism. She enjoys working as a Senior Staff Blogger for Columbia University’s blog Spectrum and an Associative Editor for Columbia University’s 292 Magazine. She has interned for the Syracuse University Newhouse School for Public … [read more]